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Forced Marriage Scottish statutory guidance

DescriptionStatutory guidance published under section 11 of the Forced Marriage etc(Protection and Jurisdiction)(Scotland) Act 2011.
ISBN9781780455266
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2011
Website Publication DateNovember 25, 2011

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ISBN 978 1 78045 526 6 (Web publication only)
DPPAS 12320

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Chapter 1: The status, relevant persons, aims and content of this guidance

  • Status of guidance
  • Relevant persons
  • Aims and content

Chapter 2: Background

  • Government response to tackle forced marriage

Chapter 3: Understanding the issues around forced marriage

  • Understanding forced marriage
  • Motives prompting forced marriage
  • Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights
  • The victim
  • Possible consequences of forced marriage
  • Difficulties faced when a forced marriage takes place overseas
  • The legal position - domestic law
  • Forced marriage protection orders
  • Relevant third parties
  • Breach of a forced marriage protection order
  • Potential warning signs or indicators

Chapter 4: Actions for Chief Executives, Directors and senior managers to whom this guidance is addressed

  • Senior management commitment
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Clear lines of accountability
  • Victim-centred approach
  • Effective inter-agency working and information sharing
  • Confidentiality
  • Staff training and awareness raising
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Record keeping
  • Risk assessment
  • The danger of family counselling, mediation, arbitration and reconciliation
  • Protecting children and adults with disabilities

Chapter 5: Specific issues to be considered by agencies working with, or providing services to, children and young people

  • Existing multi-agency guidance concerning children and young people
  • The danger of involving the family and the community
  • Getting it right for every child
  • Protecting children and young people from harm by sharing information when a crime may have been, or may be, committed
  • Immediate protection

Chapter 6: Specific issues to be considered by agencies working with, or providing services to, adults or adults at risk

  • Existing multi-agency guidance concerning adults
  • The danger of involving the family and the community
  • Protecting individuals by sharing information when a crime may have been, or may be, committed

Appendix A - Persons to whom guidance is given

Appendix B - Definitions

Appendix C - International law principles